This book is a lively result of a chess authority's attempts to help his teenage son improve his play. Young Benjamin Fine proved to be an invaluable assistant in preparing the text, presenting the problems and helping to work out the solutions. Other young chess beginners will find his experience of more than ordinary interest. In writing this book, the author kept in mind the player who has little or no previous knowledge of chess. His aim has been to provide a useful practical technique for handling the game. In addition to basic information about the board, the chess men and notation, Dr. Fine in a special chapter on chess moves introduces the reader to some of the delights or more complex play. The last chapter is devoted to describing a study scheme which is bound to lead to steady improvement on one's play. Over 300 clear, explanatory diagrams and a brief but carefully selected biography compliment the text and add to the books usefulness. Reuben Fine is one of the world's leading authorities on chess. In addition to being one of the foremost grandmasters of our time, his writings have done more than those of any other man to make the knowledge of the masters available to all chess players. He has the rarest of all gifts, the ability to be both lucid and profound.